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City Water Board raises rates

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Water rates will increase in the city of Buffalo starting January 1st. The city Water Board has approved the first rate increase in seven years.

Typical customers will see rates rise by $5 a month.

But the Water Board has launched a special program designed to provide relief to low income residents. Qualifying customers will not see their water rates rise and will receive annual credits of $60 or $90, depending on income.

"I am excited that the Buffalo Water Board has taken a major step by launching the Residential Affordable Water Program," said Oluwole McFoy, board chair. "(The board) is helping to ensure that everyone has access to affordable water."

Officials say the increasing operational and maintenance costs, plus necessary capital improvements, are mainly responsible for the higher water rates.